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Twenty-Third Annual IEEE Symposium on

Logic in Computer Science (LICS 2008)

Paper: Structural Logical Relations (at LICS 2008)

Authors: Carsten Schürmann Jeffrey Sarnat


Tait's method (a.k.a. proof by logical relations) is a powerful proof technique frequently used for showing foundational properties of languages based on typed lambda-calculi. Historically, these proofs have been extremely difficult to formalize in proof assistants with weak meta-logics, such as Twelf, and yet they are often straightforward in proof assistants with stronger meta-logics. In this paper, we propose structural logical relations as a technique for conducting these proofs in systems with limited meta-logical strength by explicitly representing and reasoning about an auxiliary logic. In support of our claims, we give a Twelf-checked proof of the completeness of an algorithm for checking equality of simply typed lambda-terms.


    author = 	 {Carsten Schürmann and Jeffrey Sarnat},
    title = 	 {Structural Logical Relations},
    booktitle =  {Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science (LICS 2008)},
    year =	 {2008},
    month =	 {June}, 
    pages =      {69--80},
    location =   {Pittsburgh, PA, USA}, 
    publisher =	 {IEEE Computer Society Press}

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